Home » Travels

Jeff’s East Village Eating Tour

6 October 2010 3,241 views No Comment

Austinites, thank you for your patience! This is my final NYC blog of 2010.

I loved it when my brother Jeff suggested he would take Adam and I on an eating tour of the East Village, tasting some of his favorite bites in the city.

Tour Planning Meeting

Tour Planning Meeting

The tour included some walking and lots of talking, punctuated by small meals. Our first stop was Porchetta, where we ordered the $10 Porchetta sandwich, dividing it into three.

Porchetta

Porchetta

I loved the delicious, porky, goodness and the crispy bits of skin.

Porchetta Sandwich

Porchetta Sandwich

Our next stop was just down the street at Luke’s Lobster.

Luke's Lobster

Luke's Lobster

We split this amazing $14 lobster roll with HUGE chunks of lobster and very little else holding it together. The bun was thin but fresh and highlighted the lobster vs. the bun. This ratio was right on.

Lobster Roll

Lobster Roll

We wanted to take a quick break at this point and walked down the street to Tile Bar for a beer. I went local and ordered the Brooklyn Lager.

Brooklyn Lager at Tile Bar

Brooklyn Lager at Tile Bar

After Tile Bar, we walked down to E. 7th Street to Caracas Arepas which is actually located right next to Luke’s and across from Porchetta.

Caracas Arepa Bar To Go

Caracas Arepa Bar To Go

We ordered the De Pabellón Arepa for $7.25, made with shredded beef, black beans, white salty cheese and sweet plantains.

Arepa

Arepa

On our way to the next destination, we happened upon Sarita’s Macaroni & Cheese (S’MAC), and I had to stop. First of all, we loved the tiny pizza to-go box.

S'MAC Mini-Pizza Box Packaging

S'MAC Mini-Pizza Box Packaging

We ordered the $7.25 Alpine “nosh” made with Gruyere cheese and slab bacon. Jeff had actually recommended we order the Cheeseburger S’MAC with cheddar and American cheeses with ground beef. I think we mis-ordered or were just not hungry/drunk enough to dig this.

A cheesy bite

A cheesy bite

Later, we waited in line for almost an hour outside of ChickaLicious, a dessert bar.

Line at ChickaLicious

Line at ChickaLicious

When we finally got seats at the bar, we enjoyed watching the chefs preparing the dishes, and ordered three dishes to share. The way ChickaLicious works is that the Prix Fixe is $14 and that includes an amuse bouche, main dessert dish, and petits fours. It was very elegant and I did enjoy the Fromage Blanc Island “Cheese Cake” served on top of ice. It was like eating a milky, delicate, sugary cloud.

Prix Fixe     $14
Amuse, Choice of Dessert and Petits Fours
(with wine pairing, $7 additional)
Fromage Blanc Island “Cheese Cake”
Smooching and Dessert Preparation at ChickaLicious

Smooching and Dessert Preparation at ChickaLicious

The folks behind the chef had supposedly just gotten engaged that night and we watched them dramatically celebrating both in line behind us and across from us at the dessert bar (see above photo). Congratulations anonymous couple and thank you for entertaining us during the Jeff’s East Village Eating Tour 2010.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,